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Israel to hold new election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition

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Israel to hold new election as Netanyahu fails to form coalition

Israeli legislators have voted to dissolve parliament and set the country on the path to a second election.

This came within months, after right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to put together a ruling coalition before a midnight deadline.

In April, Netanyahu appeared set for a fifth term as prime minister after his Likud Party won 35 of the 120 seats in the parliament.

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While he also faces possible indictment in three corruption cases, he has denied any wrongdoing and accused his opponents of mounting a witch-hunt.

The Guardian reported that Netanyahu worked until the deadline but failed to find a formula that would have given him a majority in parliament.

Israel has never held two elections in a year, and Netanyahu will remain as interim leader until a new government is formed. If he remains in office through July, he will become Israel’s longest-serving leader.

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